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Lowering the MDX

Hi there! This is my first post to this forum. I've been wondering if anyone has lowered their MDX. I'm interested in this as it might theoretically improve ride, handling, mileage, etc. What do you think?

I forsee two ways to do this - one is with shorter springs, the other is with lower profile tires. Are there any aftermarket springs recommended? Is this a common mod? I don't plan on doing any offroading.

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Hi there! This is my first post to this forum. I've been wondering if anyone has lowered their MDX. I'm interested in this as it might theoretically improve ride, handling, mileage, etc. What do you think?

I forsee two ways to do this - one is with shorter springs, the other is with lower profile tires. Are there any aftermarket springs recommended? Is this a common mod? I don't plan on doing any offroading.

Thanks!
cmb13. This is not a very common mod. I believe I have only heard of one member who did this. One of the reasons people buy an suv is the higher ride height.

I would not use a different wheel/tire diameter than stock. This may cause problems with the VSA, etc. If you use shorter springs, I would think the entire suspension would have to be replaced due to the weight of the vehicle.

Do a search on "lowering" and see if that gets you some hits. Good luck with this and let us know how it goes.

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cmb13. This is not a very common mod. I believe I have only heard of one member who did this. One of the reasons people buy an suv is the higher ride height.

The latest thing showing up around here is lowered pickup trucks. Talk about useless........
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Hi there! This is my first post to this forum. I've been wondering if anyone has lowered their MDX. I'm interested in this as it might theoretically improve ride, handling, mileage, etc. What do you think?

I forsee two ways to do this - one is with shorter springs, the other is with lower profile tires. Are there any aftermarket springs recommended? Is this a common mod? I don't plan on doing any offroading.

Thanks!
I think there was one person on this board who lowered their MDX with H&R Honda Odyssey springs. I actually am waiting on a set myself. The shop I ordered them from says that they're on backorder and is still waiting for H&R to send them out. I don't know if this is B.S. or what, but I know I don't have them yet.

I'm pretty sure lowering it would improve the handling, but not too much else.

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better handling, stiffer ride. don't expect the stock struts to last too long if you go with lowering springs. you'll need to go with aftermarket ones eventually and pay for installation all over again.

i have no idea how the vsa functions, but i've never had it on any other car either, so life won't end if you have to drive without it. (actually, considering what it does, maybe...... but you know what i mean) having said that, WTF would you want to go with smaller diameter wheels for??? whether it's smaller rims or lower pro tires, it'll look ghey on the mdx if that's how you plan on lowering.

you didn't mention why you wanted the lower ride. but if it's for looks, drop the x and go with 255/45s on 18s for a decent ride.

as for him lowering the x, let him do what he wants, it's his car. personally, i'm curious to see how it turns out.

btw, welcome to the board!
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Thanks for the replies. I'm only talking about 2-3 inches; I'm not trying for a ghetto low-rider look. Seems like a pretty unpopular thing to do, though.
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The memeber who lowered was ME! Yah It worked really good, I had 19 inch rims and lowered it to kill the gap. Its very clean looking and IMO handles much better.

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The drop looks good.......except for the dirty wheel wells. Just playing.

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Are there any repurcussions on your warranty by lowering. I would not mind having mine lowered 2 inches so that it would make it easier for my son to transfer from his wheelchair into the vehicle. What was the approximate cost?

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See, that's what I'm looking for. A few inches down, a little better handling. Can you tell us how you did it and what products were necessary? New springs only? What brand? Finally, how much did it all cost?

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There are no problem with lowering the X. I live in AL and my MDX now has 85K miles on it, its been lowered since 25K. The struts are in good condition everything is great. The Spring were bought from
http://www.optauto.com ,Search for Honda Odyssey and you'll find the H&R kit. Its just lowering springs. I paid $150 to have it installed and I also got a allianment to make sure everything was good. If you guys have any more questions just let me know.

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OT, but how are the vizualogic screens????
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Wow! you are really into lowering things, eh? You even lowered the basketball rim there!

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The memeber who lowered was ME! Yah It worked really good, I had 19 inch rims and lowered it to kill the gap. Its very clean looking and IMO handles much better.

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got another pic of the drop? i'd love to see it in daylight from a lower side shot...... in a perfect world.

looking good otherwise. the rh's look niiiice. how's the ride on them 19s?
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Heres a pic from Nopi Last year.

The 19's rode great. I still got em. Anyone wanna buy em from me. The MDX since has been stripped down and is stock and now belongs to www.jtreeproperties.com So its all gravy.

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